Recruiting: Barnett Talks All-American Game

Defensive tackle Calvin Barnett of Tulsa (Booker T. Washington), Okla., found out in the spring that he was going to play in the 10th annual U.S. Army All-America game in San Antonio, Texas. The Jan. 9, 2010 contest features 90 of the best senior high school football players in the nation and most of them are heading off to college careers at major programs coast tot coast.

Barnett, who is committed to Oklahoma State, was honored for his selection to the game earlier this week at Washington High School. He will play defensive tackle for the West squad.

"I've known since last spring," said Barnett. "It felt great because I don't know what it shows but sometimes people get down on themselves about how things have gone, and you might not be as successful as you want. But that just reminded me what I am, even though sometimes I may not think I am."

Barnett is still upset over Washington being disqualified from the playoffs and a chance to defend its Class 5A state championship. He was honest when asked if this honor for the Army All-America Game made up a little for it. "Not really," said Barnett being honest.

"It is good to be playing another football game and going against the best players in America and it is going to show me where I am at and what I need to improve on," added Barnett. "That always helps."

He will stay in shape playing basketball as he has returned to that sport for the first time since his freshman season.

"Oh yeah," he said admitting that basketball and football shape are two completely different things. "It really is and then after our little season (football) I went on a week and a half, two week break, so I had already been out of shape. It doesn't take me long at all. Then to go into basketball out of shape it didn't do me any good at all."

Barnett said he will make his official recruiting visit to Oklahoma State in December and he has been very excited watching Oklahoma State and the defense the Cowboys have displayed this season.

"I like it," said Barnett. "Our coaches (Washington) actually went to a clinic up there and they talked about the defense and we've been running the same defense here in high school. I like the defense that we run.

"I didn't play three technique (defensive tackle opposite the nose) for my high school, but I like the three technique because you get a lot of one-on-one situations. So I like the defense Oklahoma State runs and I feel like they have been on the rise. I feel real good about it."

Barnett is 6-2 and weighing 327 pounds, so he should be quite the load in basketball for opposing post players.

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